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Why should I become a Collaborative Professional?

Collaborative Professionals:

  • are able to offer their clients a comprehensive range of dispute resolution options.

  • get to work together within multidisciplinary teams, supporting and learning from one another, with each contributing his or her specialised skillset to assist the parties.

  • learn skills that enhance their existing skillset.

  • generally report a greater satisfaction working with Collaborative Practice in that it allows them to work in a way that is more consistent with their own values.

  • become part of a supportive network of other professionals.


Former Chief Family Court Judge Boshier said of Collaborative Practice:

“Collaborative Family Law Practice is an important tool in the resolution of family disputes. That it has grown in use, in other common law countries, is indicative of the important place it occupies. We must constantly strive for efficient and economic dispute resolution methods, and I recommend the collaborative model as insightful and helpful. I hope it receives the interest here that it has elsewhere”

Professor Mark Henaghan, University of Auckland, says:

“Lawyers must always be open to new ways of seeing things. The focus of collaborative practice is entirely on lawyers, together with other collaborative practitioners such as accountants and mental health professionals, working together to solve their client’s problems. Family lawyers are generally good at this and the techniques of collaborative practice will enhance their ability to resolve their client’s problems in a way that leaves everyone with their dignity intact.” 

How do I become a Collaborative Professional?

Professionals interested in adding Collaborative Practice to their existing practice must complete the introductory training (minimum 2 days) from a recognised Collaborative course provider. Once practitioners are trained in Collaborative Practice, they can call themselves a Collaborative Professional and offer the Collaborative Process to their clients.

Collaborative Resolution New Zealand oversees introductory training and continuing education of all Collaborative professionals. You can find an upcoming training in our events page or contact us to enquire about having a training held in your local area. 

How do I become a Member of Collaborative Resolution NZ?

Collaborative Resolution New Zealand promotes Collaborative Practice as a conflict resolution option by:

  • Leading and integrating the Collaborative community;

  • Establishing and upholding the essential elements and ethical and practice standards of the Collaborative Practice Process;

  • Fostering professional excellence by educating and providing resources to Collaborative practitioners and professionals; and

  • Promoting the growth and use of Collaborative Practice.


Becoming a member of Collaborative Resolution NZ provides you with:

  • recognition that you are a trained, approved provider of Collaborative Practice;

  • access to your local member network;

  • links to local and national members and events;

  • listing on our website so clients and other professionals can readily find you and contact you;

  • opportunities for ongoing education;

  • news of events and training opportunities from our international contacts;

  • mentoring and support; and

  • an opportunity to support the growth of Collaborative Practice in NZ.


If you have trained in Collaborative Practice, you may enquire about becoming a member by contacting us.

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